Wendy Thornton - Simon Fraser University

Professor: Wendy Thornton
Department: Psychology
College: Simon Fraser University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dont recommend taking this course while its online. Lectures are boring and old. Hard to stay motivated as it is just three exams. Its all reading from a textbook and prof isnt involved at all.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Students involved in academic dishonesty ruined the whole class and honest students faced the consequences. I would avoid till goes back in person. Lectures were old, felt like she did not care. Interesting content, however, not worth the headache. Everyone in the class suffered terribly.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Thornton's online lectures were terrible, they were prerecorded from a live lecture before COVID and it was difficult to concentrate. Wish she had rerecorded them. Exams were 2hrs before multiple students decided to cheat on an open book exam. The exams became 1hr for 50 qn's and this significantly impacted grades. The course is also curved.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
this was my absolute favourite psyc course ive ever taken at sfu! 3 exams, asynchronous lectures. i genuinely enjoyed Dr Thornton's lectures, super funny & is very straightforward with what she expects. go to office hours, shes very helpful! I didnt get the textbook. the whole course is really just good advice for living a long/healthy life
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly one of the best profs I've had and such an amazing and valuable course in general. Out of all my psych classes, this one has by far been my favorite. The content is pretty hard at times and there is ALOT of information to retain but professor Thornton makes lectures so interesting that it's not hard to stay focused and pay attention
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is my favourite professor at SFU so far and it was this course that actually made me decide what I wanted to pursue in my psych degree (development and aging). Her lectures are really great, I am never bored. Her tests are very specific and can be quite difficult if you study. She explains concepts so well and gives great real life examples.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSY357
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great class, interesting lectures, read textbook and attend class and you'll do fine!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had checked Dr. Thornton on RMF before I took her course and I was a little apprehensive going in. She comes off as being harsh, but after that initial impression, you quickly realize just how caring and kind she is. She's really funny with her stories and her lectures are super engaging. I highly recommend you attend her lectures.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSY357
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I enjoyed this class and I learned quite a lot that I can apply to my current life and things to expect in my future. Wendy allowed us to ask questions in class. If you went to class, took notes, and connected the lectures to your textbook youll do well on the exams. Straightforward grading rubric for exams as well. Teach more classes Wendy!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Maybe too soon to say as I am about to take my first Midterm with her, but after listening to the recordings of her lectures again, it is fair to say Wendy has a very good understanding of the material. Able & willing to answer any questions. Clarity in her descriptions. A biological course, but very engaging, even for a soci/psych kid like me.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Wendy's class is kind of intense, and her fast-paced way of teaching makes things feel more stressful than they are. But she's really funny so that lightens the mood. Overall, a great prof, and straight-forward class. Tests were harder than expected, and you need to read the text to do well
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Had a really good experience with this class and the awesome TA helped me a lot. Interesting lectures and lots of opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on midterms. Wendy had entertaining stories and was always prepared. Take this class with Laura if you can!! Chilli pepper is for her
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSY357
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing class, amazing lecturer. Wendy clearly explains everything and makes the information relatable and engaging. One of the best profs I've ever had! Learned so much about my future fate as an aging human.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
if you want your gpa to be good, dont take this prof. Her grading is tough, especially the long question parts in her exams.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: 357
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Exams are there to test your knowledge of the course material right? I studied meticulously for the final more so than usually. But when I wrote the exam instead of testing my knowledge, some questions were set up to be tricky and with intent to screw you up. Also, a lot of small seemingly unimportant details took precedence in the exam.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: 357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Class was very biologically based, but has no bio pre-requisite. Interesting course material. Tests are hard, study everything.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She's an interesting lecturer but as others have said, the exams are insanely difficult, literally one of the most difficult exams I've ever had during post secondary. Don't take this course unless you HAVE too.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The course content is very interesting. However, the exams are pretty much impossible. I recognized the concepts on half the questions but they were too confusing to know what was being asked. As for the other half, I had never heard of the concepts in my life and I read the textbook twice as well as studied the lecture slides. Very very hard prof.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Wendy is a wonderful teacher and is very helpful if you go to her office hours. This course isn't a gpa booster but it is possible to get a good gpa if you work hard and study the textbook and the class notes.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC357
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Wendy is a good lecturer, but her midterm and exams are extremely difficult and hard!! Her short answers are really picky and looking for specific details which didn't related to the big picture. Study really hard is not enough to pass this course. You will need good memory to survive this course.
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